Listening to a great story has been one of my favorite things to do since early childhood. Luckily, reading sessions never seems to go out of style among literates – even at a time when audio books sell like hot cakes.
Café Retro in central Copenhagen is the much happy owner of a comfortable red couch. This couch has named series of reading sessions with some of the greatest Danish authors during this Spring.
The latest guest in The Red Couch was Naja Marie Aidt.
About 25 persons has crowded up in the corner in front of the sofa to hear Naja Marie Aidt read from her first novel “Sten, saks, papir” (“Rocks, Paper, Scissors”). The much cosy settings with cool knitting, cold wine (and possibly hot cakes) for the listeners made a funny contrast to Aidt’s heartbreaking story of brother and sister who never have the same point of view on their shared childhood in a dysfunctional family.
The novel definitely plays with “reality” and her numerous faces, shown skillfully by Aidt through the eyes of her much messed up characters. Everything depends on the eyes that see, especially since the novel never defines its’ own setting. It could take place everywhere or nowhere, because the author feels that it is more important to explore and develop the mind of her (main)characters than settling on a firm scene like Copenhagen or Brooklyn, New York.
If you also feel like curling up in a couch see what else is happening at Café Retro.